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March 19, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(12):1006-1007. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730380074026

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Occupational Medicine in the Chemical Industry  Addressing recently the Société belge de médecine et de chirurgie du travail, Mr. Van Temsche discussed the organization of occupational medicine in the chemical industry. Occupational medicine is a rather new specialty the practice of which requires a thorough knowledge of physiology, pathology, occupational hygiene and social medicine. The nature of the work must be learned chiefly by experience, but the universities have created special chairs of hygiene and occupational medicine. The clinics of occupational medicine provide treatment for the workman; they provide for his rehabilitation, when necessary, and supervise the hygienic conditions of labor. The medical supervisor attached to the management of chemical manufacturing plants should coordinate the activities of the physician in the various plants. The latter should consider questions pertaining to the physiology of labor, the physical and psychologic selection of workmen, and the hygiene of labor; also questions pertaining to

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